Strawberry Glazed Cupcakes

I love shortcuts, especially when it comes to desserts. Since I not much of a baker, anything that can make it easier and fool-proof is great. But, I certainly would never want to take any short cuts that would sacrifice the taste. When I saw this recipe from Giada, I could taste the sweet glaze and was loving the short ingredient list. Glazing is something we usually see on donuts, but may I say that it works just as well these fluffy, incredibly moist cakes. Plus, the pink color and sheen is so pretty and light. In this cupcake-crazy world, it is fun to switch it up and try a new topping. I promise you will love the outcome.

Mascarpone Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Giada's Kitchen by Giada Delaurentiis
makes 48 mini cupcakes or 24 regular sized

8 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature (in dairy case by the cream cheese and ricotta)
2 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 box white cake mix
1/3 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 4 mini muffin tins or 2 regular muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone, egg whites, and vegetable oil. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and creamy. Add the cake mix and 1 cup water and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Fill the muffin liners to just below the rim and bake until puffed and golden, 18 to 20 minutes for mini, 23-25 minutes for regular sized. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly in the tins, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, puree the strawberries in a blender or small food processor. Sift the confectioners' sugar and place in a medium bowl. Pour in the strawberry puree and whisk until smooth. Dip the tops of the cooled cupcakes into the strawberry glaze. Let the cupcakes sit for a few minutes for the glaze to firm up, then serve.


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